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Social Work

Intra-familial child sexual abuse for social workers – intermediate level

An in-depth course for social work professionals to confidently identify and respond to child sexual abuse.


6 to 25




Online / in-person


£1550 / £1750 (in-person) + VAT

Social work practice in cases of suspected child sexual abuse can be complex, emotional and challenging. Using a combination of practice experience, the latest research, and reflections from the perspectives of children, young people, and adult survivors, this empowering two-day course aims to build social workers knowledge and confidence in responding to child sexual abuse in family settings.

Intra-familial child sexual abuse for social workers – intermediate level is a two-day course, designed to improve skills, knowledge and confidence in responding to concerns of child sexual abuse in family settings. As well as introducing professionals to the scale and nature of child sexual abuse in England and Wales today, this higher level course for social workers builds understanding in what effective response and assessment looks like and how to make the best safety planning decisions for the child and their family.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed specifically for social workers.

Who will run the course?

This course will be led by an expert trainer with significant experience in practice, training, and working within social work teams or as part of multi-agency partnerships.

What can you expect to gain?

In addition to the learning outcomes from our Introduction to intra-familial child sexual abuse, you can also expect to build:

  • an improved ability to apply theory about how sexual abuse happens in families to practice, in cases of child sexual abuse
  • an increased knowledge and understanding of tools to support assessment in cases of alleged, suspected or known child sexual abuse
  • a better understanding of the key factors to assess, and how to intervene effectively, in cases of alleged, suspected or known child sexual abuse, taking a whole family approach
  • an increased ability to undertake effective assessments of child sexual abuse, including considerations for the child, the alleged/suspected perpetrator and the non-abusing parent(s)
  • an increased knowledge of the key tenets of family safety planning.


The trainer had such clarity in their explanations and was so brave in their delivery, which made what was quite a scary topic into something I personally feel more confident in talking about and working with now.
Social worker


Consultation Package Extension

For an additional £150 per hour, we now offer dedicated post-training consultation sessions facilitated by qualified professionals. These sessions will support social workers to apply their learning to cases of intra-familial child sexual abuse that they are encountering in practice. In the event that participants do not have a case to discuss, case studies will be provided.

To support this course, we would recommend three or six consultation sessions lasting two hours each, over the course of three to six months.

These sessions will focus on:

  • applying the Finklehor model in practice.
  • utilising the Signs and Indicators Template to build a picture of concerns.
  • supporting practitioners to have difficult conversations with children, young people and their families, or other professionals.
  • assessing the strengths and risks within the family.
  • considering appropriate interventions.
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